‘New Year’s Resolution #3: Exercise More!’
Have you ever said to yourself: ‘This year I’m going to get fitter’? I’m pretty sure you have! And we live in a city where physical exercise and physical fitness are obviously important goals for lots of people. Personally, I’m amazed at how much exercise and sport some people here at TGS do — and how fit some people are!
When it comes to professional athletes, well, at times I simply am in awe of the abilities that God has given them. They can be very impressive. One of the sports I follow is American football (or ‘gridiron’ as Aussies normally call it). It might not surprise you that I follow the New York Giants! There are things I love about American football … but I hate how many of them seem to be arrogant show-offs. I also hate the exorbitant amounts of money they get paid: the average annual salary is $1.9 million — and many get paid much more.
Sport and exercise are great for a whole host of reasons, but our culture idolises them, and we should be different to that. For God says —
“… train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8).
So, friends, let’s help each other to not idolise either sports stars people or being fit. And help yourself, not just physically, but more importantly, spiritually (“train yourself to be godly”). So e.g. if you or one of your children do sport or exercise on a Sunday morning (probably not a great idea) then do all you can to come to church that night. But more generally, why not make it a 2015 resolution to grow in Christ? You could e.g. read and re-read a book of the Bible you’re not familiar with, join a Home Group this year, or visit LifeStore and get a copy of some of the books Chris listed in last Sunday’s Minute.
So how’s this for 2015 — New Year’s Resolution #1: Spiritually Exercise more!
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